The Bronx Bombers just got even stronger. The Seattle Mariners traded Edwin Encarnacion to the New York Yankees in exchange for pitching prospect Juan Then on Saturday evening. Encarnacion currently leads the AL with 21 homers in 2019.
Encarnacion was ranked as the seventh-best player available on BIGPLAY’s top-30 trade piece list after his torrent hitting this season. In just 11 June games, the right-handed slugger already has eight homers and 15 RBI with an unreal 1.196 OPS. For the year, his OPS is .888 with 49 RBI and 48 runs scored. The Yankees will also have the option of keeping him next season as Encarnacion has a $20 million club option for the 2020 campaign.
The 36-year-old has been one of the most dangerous power hitters in baseball in recent memory. He smashed his 400th career homer this month with 206 coming since the start of 2014. He’s most known for his years with the Toronto Blue Jays, terrorizing opposing pitchers alongside Jose Bautista.
Seattle’s acquisition, Juan Then, is a 19-year-old right-handed pitching prospect out of the Dominican Republic and was the 27th-ranked prospect in the Yankees’ system. It’s unclear whether he’s better suited as a backend rotation piece or a reliever. He’s obviously still a very raw prospect but Then has registered a 2.67 ERA across 111.1 innings of rookie-league ball.
As for the Yankees, one of the best offense in baseball is about to get incredibly dangerous. Encarnacion will likely take over the primary first base duties from Luke Voit as Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton fill in the outfield and designated hitter roles. The Bronx Bombers currently rank fifth in baseball with 5.31 runs per game and that number should continue to rise.